Summer Bike Camp

Make the summer bike-tastic and get rolling with Norte’s summer programs. Our expert coaches know how to ride and have fun exploring northern Michigan. What option is right for you?

2022 PROGRAMMING

HALF–DAY BIKE CAMP: $155 • 1st–8th grade

Norte’s Grand Traverse Regional Summer Bike Camp is an adventure-based, four-day, half-day camp. Empowerment, education, and adventure prepare elementary and middle school-aged youth for urban bike safety skills. We build confidence and community. And have many adventures!

  • Elk Rapids: Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 15
  • Glen Arbor: Jul 11, Aug 1

  • Suttons Bay: Jun 27, Jul 18, Aug 7
  • Traverse City: Weekly

If you don’t see your community listed here, please let us know you’re interested via email at programs@elgruponorte.org.

NEW FULL-DAY CAMP: $235 • 3rd–5th grade • July 11 & August 7 (Traverse City)

With six hours of fun each day (9 am–3 pm), this program provides a deeper dive into exploring Traverse City on a bike. It will allow teams to reach further and challenge themselves and experience new places. The full-day camp will include new adventures, including two trips to ELEV8 climbing gym for even more fun and challenge.

SHREDVENTURE: $345 • 7th–10th grade • June 27 & July 25

ShredVenture 2022 is a six-hour camp Monday–Thursday. Riders learn advanced mountain biking skills and hit different trailheads around northern Michigan. Roundtrip transportation is included and begins and ends at the Norte Clubhouse.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, Norte is proud to provide youth scholarships to ensure that all families can participate in our programs. We encourage families to apply for scholarships prior to registering at Scholarship Application.

No bike? No problem.

Thanks to generous donations, our program bike library has riders covered if they need a mountain bike for the program. For information on bikes or scholarships, please email programs@elgruponorte.org. 

AFTERNOON CAMPS

Are you looking for other exciting opportunities for your children this summer? We recommend the following programs for afternoons following Summer Bike Camp.

Transportation to afternoon programs:

We will bike your child to an afternoon program as part of Norte’s bike camp. We offer this service for TACS, TBAYS (civic center camp), and Taekwondo (Week 6). Please select this transport option when registering your child for camp. The bike train for TACS includes the transfer of the bicycle back to Wheelhouse for the next day’s bike camp and costs an additional $25.

REGISTRATION

We use Active Network for registration. If you previously participated in a Norte program, you already have an account created. Sign in at the top of the registration page, or enter your email address username when prompted — no need to create a new family account for participation.

This short, how-to video helps walk you through the registration process, including how to sign up for a waitlist if a preferred session is full.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT CAMP

Summer bike campers explore their town on their bike and discover many beautiful places. In addition to making new friends, staying active, and having the best summer ever, young riders learn:

  • How to bike safely and smart 
  • Basic bike repair and maintenance skills. 
  • To become a bike handling ninja. 

Summer bike camp may include light off-road riding on fun trails close to our starting points. As their experience grows, young riders may also ride up to 10 miles in the morning. Let’s help prepare them for their best with a healthy breakfast, water in their water bottle, and pack some snacks in their bags.

For your child to have a successful camp experience, they need to be able able to comfortably ride 3–4 miles (1st–2nd grade), 5–6 miles (3rd–4th), 7–8 miles (5th–6th grade).

SESSION AND TEAM ORGANIZATION

Summer Bike Camp teams are grouped by grades. Choose the grade that your child is going into in the fall. Our teams are divided by grade: 1st and 2nd graders, 3rd and 4th graders, 5th and 6th graders, and 7th and 8th graders

CANCELLATION DUE TO WEATHER

Norte’s rides light rain, so please pack a rain layer for your child. However, when it rains heavy it can not only be miserable and dangerous, it can also damage the trails. Summer Bike Camp cancellations will be determined by 7:30 am and notifications sent to all parents by Norte and their children’s coaches. Predicting the weather in northern Michigan is frustrating, so we ask for your patience and flexibility. There are no make up days or refunds for Summer Bike Camp cancellations due to weather.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Email programs@elgruponorte.org or call the Clubhouse phone 231-883-2404

NORTE IS HIRING!

Have a look at our latest job postings, including summer bike camp coaches, if you think teaching kids to fall in love with biking sounds like a fun way to spend the day.

 

 

Thank you!

 

 

*As of June 2021, Norte’s Traverse City bike camp is a state-licensed children’s day camp. Please review our camp rules and policies.